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Donald J Roth

Donald J Roth, 87, went to his heavenly home on the morning of Sunday, August 2, 2015 at ProMedica St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee Ohio following a recent emergency surgery.

Don was born in Milton Center, Ohio on January 30, 1928. He grew up in Brailey, Ohio where he was kept busy helping his parents run the Geahlan and Roth General Store. He graduated from Swanton High School in 1945 and also from Coyne Electrical School. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant first class at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey for 3 years. Don married his sweetheart, Bonnie Barnes on December 17, 1949. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior during a revival at Brailey Union Church in the early 1950s.

Don ran the Brailey Mill and Feed Store until it was lost in a devastating fire. He then took a job with Toledo Edison, stating, “I will only work there long enough to rebuild my mill”, but his plans changed and he worked at Edison for 32 years, retiring in 1982. Don was also a hobby farmer and tried his hand at hogs, chickens, dairy cows, and various grain crops. He instilled a good work ethic in his children through hands on work around the farm.

He loved to spend time with his family. In 1953 they started an annual fishing trip tradition to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This tradition has created incredible memories not only for the family, but also for a lot of friends that have joined with them over the years. This year, just 10 days before his passing, Don broke the Roth family “Biggest Fish Record” when he pulled in a 41 inch, 17 pound Northern Pike. It was the highlight of the week for everyone.

Throughout the years, Don invested time, money and energy in a variety of projects. He served as Swan Creek Township Clerk in the 1960s. He was also the “Captain” on two different river boats, the Shawnee Princess out of Grand Rapids, Ohio and the Sand Piper on the Maumee River in Toledo. With the help of a friend, he built a small steam engine and enjoyed time with it at the Threshers Convention in Wauseon, Ohio and the Brailey Depot days. Throughout his life, Don was a member of Brailey Union Church where he served in various church positions. Don and Bonnie volunteered for years at Camp Selah in Reading, Michigan and also went on a variety of mission trips to Mexico and the Appalachia Project in Kentucky. In his later years, he enjoyed keeping his hands busy with various crafts projects. Don was a continual learner, owning his own smart phone and even purchasing a laptop computer at 87, which he used to type his final joke book. Don loved to make people laugh. Just like his father, he enjoyed collecting and telling jokes and stories.

Surviving are his loving wife of 65 ½ years, Bonnie; sons John (Kim) Roth, Tom (Pam) Roth, and Ron (Barb) Roth; daughters Connie (Jeff) Kovatch, Sharon (John) Niedzwiecki, and Karen (Dan) Montgomery; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; sister Dorothy (Russ) Vose; sister-in-law, Carol Roth; and brother-in-law, Robert Dernlan.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Otto and Erma Roth; his sister Norma Dernlan; and his brothers, Robert and Kenneth Roth.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 7th from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where funeral services will begin at 4:00 p.m. Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brailey Union Church, 5571 County Road 3, Swanton, Ohio.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Friday, August 7th from 2 to 4 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Services: Friday, August 7th at 4:00 pm in the Funeral Home

Private Interment: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery

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Sorry to hear of Don's passing my thoughts and prayers are with all the family at this time...As Gwen said had a lot of good memories growing up with the Roth's family I know we shall see Don again when we enter the gates of heaven. Don is the one who took me back and prayed with me as I accepted Jesus as my savior..I will never forget that.

Cheryl(Smith) Kleinfleter Aug 11 2015 12:00 AM

Our Prayers & Thoughts Are With the Family Right Now. Blessings Mike & Lisa Howe

Mike & Lisa Howe Aug 6 2015 12:00 AM

Bonnie and Family, Sorry to hear of Don's passing. We know he is in a better place. He was a great person to talk to and will always be remembered. All my prayers go out to you at this time.

Debbie McMullen Aug 5 2015 12:00 AM

Ron, Barb and family, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

David & Joy Buck Aug 5 2015 12:00 AM

I want to say how sorry I am of Don's passing. I remember him when I was a kid at church. He was always joking and smiling. We will miss him greatly.

Rosemary Loolen Aug 5 2015 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy on the passing of a good neighbor & special friend to our parents. Thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.

Phil & Lynne Bradford Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to Bonnie, John, Tom, Ron, Connie, Sharon, Karen and the rest of the Roth family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and keep you at this difficult time.

Bonnie & Ron Holdeman Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

I was so saddened to hear of Don's passing. We was a wonderful and caring man. You have all been in my prayers since I heard of his illness and will continue to be in future prayers.

Kim Holdeman Fruchey Aug 4 2015 12:00 AM

From the times I attended Brailey Union Church with him, I recall Don with great fondness. My prayers and condolences go out to the family. The peace of Christ be with all who loved Don.

Karen Enright Wagener Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

My sincerest condolences to Bonnie, John, Tom, Ron, Connie, Sharon, Karen and the rest of the Roth family. Going to school with many of you and attending Brailey Church are some of my fondest memories of growing up in Ohio. May God bless you and keep you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gwen (Smith) Shein Aug 3 2015 12:00 AM

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